Through the project we will encourage the minorities, including the Roma minority, to use its right to information by learning how to make the local and central authorities accountable for their actions. Representatives of the Roma minority will take part in trainings to learn how to use the FOIA laws in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. This objective will be achieved through bilateral cooperation and good practice transfer between Romania and the Republic of Moldova, through formalizing NGO coalitions between actors in the field, through monitoring and comparative analysis of the level of implementation of laws regulating the freedom of information and transparency in decision-making and through empowering citizens and civil society in the two countries to apply good governance anti-discrimination laws. The project’s target group are 500 journalists, 500 central and local public authorities, 20 online communities, 30 local activists, 2000 online visitors of the platforms and over 15000 subscribers to newsletters in both countries. Its beneficiaries will be 30 volunteers, representatives of the institutionalized civil society, 100 NGOs, and 500 citizens interested in good governance.
Summary of project results
This project contributed to the overall increase in transparency of the public administration, and encouraged good governance and respect for human rights, both in Romania and the Republic of Moldova, especially given the lack of transparency in the state institutions of these two countries. These objectives were achieved by monitoring the overall transparency of the decision-making process and a comparative analysis on the degree of implementation of laws regarding freedom of access to information. In the framework of the project, a coalition of transparency and human rights-focused NGOs was established. The project also enabled citizens and the civil society from the two countries to apply the legal provisions on freedom of access to information. The target group consisted of: 500 journalists, 500 local and central public authorities, 20 online communities, 30 local activists, 2000 online visitors on the platforms. The beneficiaries were: 30 volunteers, representatives of the civil society, 100 NGOs and over 500 citizens interested in good governance. The Romanian Academic Society’s (SAR) involvement, along with its two partners, each partner with its own sustainable online platform, contributed to the visibility of the project’s results and also helped with the dissemination of the project’s information to other NGOs and citizens. By establishing an effective collaboration between www.romaniacurata.ro
and the www.moldovacurata.md
platforms, all the information SAR and its partners had gathered has been centralised and published. A common online space was thus created, where only information with verified content was published. The information was meant to build trust and stimulate citizens to inform themselves concerning state institutions’ activities, increasing the overall civic involvement in the monitoring process.
Summary of bilateral results